CollectionGB 0231 University of Aberdeen, Special Collections
Ref NoMS 3338
TitleJohnston family of Hilton and Portlethen, Aberdeenshire: papers
Date1709 - c 1920
Extent4 boxes
Creator NameJohnston family of Hilton and Portlethen, Aberdeenshire (fl 1709 - c 1920)
SourceDeposited in the University in 1990. Source not recorded.
DescriptionA survey of the papers of Johnston of Hilton was made by the National Register of Archives (Scotland) and is described in NRA(S) list 3213. The bulk of the records described therein comprise papers relating to the ranking of the creditors of Sir William Johnston of Portlethen and to the sale of his lands in Portlethen and Hilton, Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire, 1813 - 1826. Much of this comprises correspondence with his representative, Hay Donaldson, WS, Edinburgh, with associated accounts and legal papers; but amongst this there are also some estate papers, including rentals, 1795 - 1818, tacks, 1792 - 1810, plans 1795 - 1814, and factory accounts, 1813 - 1817. An inventory of writs and papers belonging to Sir William Johnston of Portlethen, 1709 - 1813, is accompanied by most of the 109 items described therein, including a printed Report on Port Leithin with suggested improvements, by Thomas Telford, 1810. There is also a separate bundle of miscellaneous printed papers, comprising advertisements, handbills, reports and newspaper cuttings relating to Portlethen harbour and fishings, 1810 - 1815.

In addition to the papers described in NRA(S) list 3213, this collection also contains some later papers, mainly correspondence, relating to the management of the Hilton estate and to family matters, late 19th c - early 20th c.
AccrualsNone expected.
Access StatusOpen
Access ConditionsThe records are available subject to the signed acceptance of the Department's access conditions.
Physical DescriptionNo physical conditions affecting use of collection.
Related MaterialOther papers relating to the Johnstons of Hilton are deposited in the extensive Davidson and Garden collection, where they are awaiting listing:
Papers of the Johnston family of Hilton, Aberdeenshire, 1812 - 1916 (comprising 8 boxes and 2 volumes), are deposited in the Davidson and Garden collection (MS 2769/I/10/1-2; MS 2769/I/14/1; MS 2769/I/43/1-3; MS 2769/I/118/1-2; MS 2769II/66/1-2).

See also Davidson & Garden, additional collection, which has a sizeable collection of papers relating to the fishings at Portlethen (MS 3744
Finding AidsNational Register of Archives (Scotland) survey list NRA(S) list 3213.
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